News | PJ Harvey Pens Political Song About Guantanamo Bay Prisoner


You wait and wait for new PJ Harvey material and then suddenly out of nowhere it emerges, taps you on the shoulder, dazzles you beyond belief and then leaves as quickly as it arrived.

The first material since 2011’s Let England Shake, PJ Harvey has released a protest song in support of British Guantánamo  Bay prisoner Shakar Aamar.

The single is part of charity Reprieve’s campaign to fight for the rights of Guantánamo Bay prisoners.

Aamer has been imprisoned in Guantánamo for 11 years despite being cleared for release by both George Bush and Barack Obama.

Clive Stafford Smith, Aamer’s lawyer and director of the justice organisation Reprieve, told The Guardian: “We hope people listen to this song and think about Shaker Aamer’s plight: detained for 11 years, without charge or trial – despite having been cleared for release by both Bush and Obama.

“The UK government must do everything it can to bring Shaker back home to his wife and kids in London, where he belongs. PJ Harvey has written a wonderful song – I know Shaker will be deeply moved by it, and I only hope that, with the support of the public, he will one day be able to listen to it in freedom.”

Listen to ‘Shaker Aamer’ below and head over to Reprieve for more information.


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